Tomorrow, on 19th May, it will be exactly three years since Eelam War IV between the Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE ended with the gruesome death of V. Prabhakaran and his most loyal commanders. Now we also know that both his sons--Charles Antony and Balkrishna--died violently. Human Right groups have come up with evidence that the younger son was shot in cold blood after being captured. Others have also talked about Prabhakaran himself being shot in the custody of the Sri Lankan Army, a claim not verified or confirmed by anyone. There are so many unanswered questions on the final days of the war.
I am reproducing below an excerpt from a column I wrote in May 2010, a year after the War was over. Two Video clips--interviews with Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse and Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the then Army Chief, later bitter opponent of the Rajapakse brothers--are also included in this post. As I write this, there are indications that Fonseka may be released from prison soon.
Much has changed since those charged up days. Sri Lanka's rulers are on the back foot, but defiant for their complete disregard for human rights. The relationship between India and Sr Lanka is tense. But nothing will change what happened in those three days in May 2009. Here's a re-look.
RECALLING PRABHAKARAN'S END